Grateful Dead Live at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on 1988-06-19
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Source: AUD(Senn 441's)>CM (Marantz PMD 430)>DAT>CDR>WAV>SHN.
Taper: Craig Camus. CDR source via Todd Norman. SHN encoding/FTP transmission via Chris Ladner/candyman FTP.
- 2004-07-02 14:01:07
- Sennheiser 441's > CM (Marantz PMD 430) > DAT > CDR > WAV > SHN
- East Troy, WI
- Taped by
- Craig Camus
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Subject: First Alpine!
Subject: Heat in the heartlands
Subject: Gooney Birds, again
I bought a Gooney Bird t-shirt before the show to celebrate the little tabs that I had been ingesting. But I then had to find some lame explanations for my parents (and grandparents) who kept asking me about the shirt when I'd wear it around the house:
"What is a Gooney Bird?"
To this day I don't know whether they believed a word out of my mouth.
Thanks, again, to the Archive, for keeping our collective memories alive, even as our individual memories fade away.
Subject: rough recording
Subject: Great Show - Okay recording
The scene: the first voyage of the VW camper!!! Until now, I'd travelled to shows via my old Oldsmobile. About a month prior to this show, I got the trusty dark green '77 camper for just $2000 from a family in Brighton who only used it for a few family vacations. That vehicle would usher us in style and comfort in the years to come. Although I haven't had it now for more than 15 years, I still have dreams on a regular basis that I'm back in it, or that I found it and bought it again, etc. That bus is forever deeply engrained in my psychie. Frank P and I were the only ones of our little family to make it to these shows. They, unfortunately, fell on the same week as our senior year high school finals. I rearranged a few finals to take early and the rest i had good enough grades so I wouldn't fail even when I skipped the finals. Unfortunately, on the same morning that we left, our good friend Nick died in a car crash. We didn't hear about it until the day after the second show. I'll tell more on that in reviewing the 6/23 show. Anyway, this was the year of the dust bowl. Very very very hot and dry. I got some wicked sunburn. But these were my first Alpine shows and I was really excited after having listened to all the fabled Alpine tapes for a few years. This was also the kickoff to the first of our full-tours. The only east coast shows I missed this summer were Minnesota and Ohio, and I also made it out west for the Greek shows. And this show began it all. Frank and I ate some (perhaps a little too much) organic fungi before the show. I was unable to even speak for most of the show. We sat on the lawn and would just exchange these looks without any words - each knowing exactly what the other was thinking each time. I think I was finally able to talk at some point in the second set, when I asked him "what the hell was that second set opener??" Of course, he didn't know either. I wasn't sure if it was some obscure cover or if I was just a little too high, or what. Of course, it turned out to be the first time they played Foolish Heart. Good times.
The music: Set I: Lots of great energy on this set. Mississippi and Stranger both signal that the boys are going to continue the tradition of smokin Alpine shows. Compared to many 86-87 shows, you can tell they're letting jams breathe a little more. Brent shows that he's come to rock your socks off with Never Trust. Ramble is one of those songs that I think can be a bit overrated sometimes, but Jerry really puts some umph into this one. Bird Song goes outside the typical boundaries with some nice off-scale jamming and a great building climax, highlighting the band's direction toward better jamming in this time period. Promised Land indeed. It rocks and it had special meaning for me and many others making their first trip to the famous Alpine Valley.
Set II: Foolish Heart sounds fantastic. I'd forgotten that they did it with a pretty nice little jam. In some of the subsequent versions this summer, I think they scaled back on the jam a bit, and then evenutally expanded it again later. In any event, for a first time live, this is already an excellent version. The Playin' is very good, but not amazing. UJB has some great high points in its jam which extends nicely into drums. GDTRFB>Miracle>Fantasy>Throwin>NFA is really strong. It definintely felt like they were headed toward Hey Jude, before Jerry settled it down and they went into Throwin. Not Fade has serious energy, which is nice, as this is often a let down of a song at the end of an evening. There's not a tremendous amount of variety to Knockin (as in, I've never thought "wow that was the best Knockin I've ever heard," etc), but this one is really pretty good.
Subject: The " FOOLISH HEART" project
Subject: A wonderful night at Alpine
1st Set: After 48 seconds of tuning we're given a tour of "Mississippi." This recording, btw, isn't all that much better than the previous show. It's still quite cloudy. Anyways, this "Mississippi" isn't great but it flows just fine. The segue into "Stranger" is smooth. This performance is deep in the moderately tempoed funk. Credit the rhythm section for providing the meat that Jerry could grizzle in. We've got two minutes of silence..."professionalism, folks" who knows what that was in reference to? "Never Trust" will become more pronounced when Brent's confidence escalates. Hopefully, "Ramble" and "Rooster" were performed in the evening as their full-bodied evocative entries feel night worthy, especially the latter. "Bird" continues the seemingly slow-pacings, but there's meat, meat... Although it isn't beatifically brilliant, there's an intent to probe which satisfies. "Promised" is the fair closer after noticing what debuts after the set break. Jerry and especially Bobby turn up the heat in the last minute. "We're going to go backstage to think it over." someone's having a good time...
2nd Set: Seemingly fitting, the crowd is attentive and behaved before its unveiling. Two crazy-eyed fanatics unquestionably assert 'Scarlet.' Most think, even as it starts chortling that it's going to be... but upon Jerry's singing..everyone's stunned and looking at each other with bemusement and wonder. The first "Foolish Heart" A bit of a maligned start but the band's collective energy allowed it a sufficient exhaust of collective energy. "Playin" was the right choice, eagerly accepted and brisk til the murky jam. They enter a comfort zone which translates nicely into "UJB." Undeniably, a good-natured knee-slapper. Jerry rips a potent potable at 6:25. At 8:02 the "Playin" chords are re-introduced. A dark, Disnefied "Drums" Feel the reverberation during the latter 8's..."Space" goes by pretty eventlessly but the "GDTRFB" that emerges is a beast! "Miracle" ain't too shabby as well as the energy these men have is groundswelling."Fantasy" continues the mighty virile string of tunes. Instead of a ballad we're treated with a grounded though capable machine "Throwing." There is a wall of sound providing "NFA" its punch. Bobby gets in a few good licks 2:30's. Nice capper to a delicious 2nd.
Some more bop-bop's from band to crowd. Although I think "Knockin" is too heavy for this evening, it's very touching save for Bobby 'Tommy Lee Jonesih' overdoing his cries. It's beautifully drawn out.
3 2/3rd stars
Subject: Great show -
Recording -Lacking in Quality - anyone with Sound boards out there ?
Particularly strange - anyone remember a nitrous tank in the bathroom stall stage left ? Slowwwwww ssssssss... Maybe just a figment of my fevered brain.
What is said during space #13- 1:25? Sounds like YES(the band) I remember this during the show - can't make it out here but it was intensely meaningful that night...
Before the show
We parked on the Highway shoulder three cars wide and walked through fields to make it in as the first song broke...Things got to looking strange about Ramble on Rose...
Vividly remember highstepping on the walkway before reserved sec. during GDTR...
Unleashed after the show -
Going back to the car in the dark there were helicopters above the field...Chaos - lights searching - Highway patrol flashing - ticketing cars...fractals and patterns inthe dark.
Still the sound of this rates a 1.5 star
Subject: no rain
Subject: Goony Birds and The Black Pyramids
I should have seen that show, but I ended up dancing in the parking lot for the next 24 hours... Someone told me later they were 1000 mikes each. I bought the Bird's for 60 a sheet later on that summer at Laguna Seca, CA and sold back home in Lawrence, KS for 5 each. Talk about a nasty prophet! ;-?
Oh, I met God that night, too.
Subject: Gooney Birds Galor
Subject: Gooney birds
First Foolish Heart
Subject: Gooney Birds
Subject: Blowing dust, and Gooney Birds a plenty
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